Adam Vose-O'Neal, Social Worker / Therapist in Providence, RI 02906

Adam Vose-O'Neal
Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW

Accepting new clients

Adam has a very holistic approach and values the input of his clients a great deal. He understands stages of change as well as life stages, and associated issues/concerns, especially within the young adult population. "

- Mary Jane Pizza, MSW, LICSW, LCDP, LCDCS (2017)

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    About Adam

  • Expertise in addictions and substance use, anxiety, depression, academic issues, self harm, and relationship challenges
  • Practices Narrative Therapy, a type of therapy that helps clients separate their problems from themselves, as well as identify their values and the skills and knowledge they have to live these values
  • Also incorporates Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness practices, motivational interviewing, and narrative therapy
  • Works with teenagers, young adults, college students, and adults
  • Works in a hospital setting at Butler Hospital in addition to seeing patients at East Coast Mental Wellnesss

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PROFESSIONAL STATEMENT

Adam Vose-O'Neal is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with particular specialty in addictions and substance use, as well as general expertise in depression, anxiety, life transitions, existential questions, and relationship challenges. He sees teenagers through adults, and has a particular passion for seeing college students and young adults who are trying to figure out who they want to be and what they want to do in life.

Adam is particularly well-versed in Narrative Therapy, a modality that identifies the problem as the problem, not the person as the problem. Through Narrative Therapy, Adam helps clients separate their problems from themselves, identify their values, and connect the events in their lives to reclaim their life stories. He often uses the dry erase board to work through these thought exercises with clients and occasionally writes short letters to clients after the appointment as a bridge between sessions.

In addition to private practice, Adam works at partial programs at Butler Hospital, including the Young Adult Partial Program, and previously interned at Providence College's Counseling Center and the Rhode Island Hospital Substance Abuse Service. He dedicates himself to creating a collaborative therapeutic relationship that is solution and insight focused, honest, and down-to-earth. He is a graduate of Boston University and U. Mass Amherst.

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MESSAGE TO CLIENTS

"I think of therapy as conversations that help people address the problems that are interfering with their lives. I help clients separate from these problems and support them in moving towards what they care about most--their values, hopes and dreams. I believe that the best therapy is a collaborative process where the therapist and the client share in the investigation of the the client’s concerns and the potential solutions. I ask exploratory questions that lead clients toward insights and discoveries. Together we develop simple, achievable action plans."

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

East Coast Mental Wellness, Therapist, 2017 - Present
Butler Hospital Partial Programs, Therapist, 2016 - Present
Providence College Counseling Center, Clinical Intern, 2015 - 2016
Rhode Island Hospital Substance Abuse Service, Clinical Intern, 2014 - 2015

Boston University, MSW
University of Massachusetts - Amherst, BA

specialties

SPECIALTIES

DEEP EXPERTISE AREAS

Anxiety – Generalized anxiety
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Life transitions and existential questions – Figuring out who you want to be and what you want to do, especially for college-aged individuals
Substance use – Prevent and reduce challenges related to tobacco, marijuana, and/or alcohol, such as anxiety, depression, and challenges in relationships

OVERALL EXPERTISE AREAS

Academic issues – Adjusting to college; managing developmental and emotional challenges in school; balancing schoolwork and personal life
Anger management – Managing anger and its impact on personal and work relationships
Existential challenges / crises – Questioning purpose, spirituality, existence; finding one’s path and voice, especially when it differs from society's expectations
Self harm – Injuring of body tissue without suicidal intentions, including but not limited to cutting, burning, scratching, and hitting

treatment-orientation

TREATMENT ORIENTATION

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing is a form of collaborative conversation for strengthening a person's own motivation and commitment to change. It is a person-centered counseling style for addressing the common problem of ambivalence about change by paying particular attention to the language of change. It is designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for and movement toward a specific goal by eliciting and exploring the person's own reasons for change within an atmosphere of acceptance and compassion. (learn more)
Narrative Therapy

clientele

CLIENTELE

Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Adults

Languages

LANGUAGES

English


Adam possesses a true passion for the work he does, an investment in his patient’s/client’s wellbeing, and the clinical curiosity to foster his patient’s/client’s progress and ultimate success.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Young adults, substance use disorders
— Brian Beaudry, LICSW (2017)
Adam is a very compassionate and committed therapist who has shown to have excellent clinical skills. He has a specialty in Addiction treatment, as his placement was with a Substance Use consult service where he was able to develop and hone his substance use assessment and recommendation skills as well as mental health/risk assessment skills. Adam has a very holistic approach and values the input of his clients a great deal. He understands stages of change as well as life stages, and associated issues/concerns, especially within the young adult population. He has shown himself to be very committed to the field of counseling/psycho-education and continues to further develop these tools through ongoing educational opportunities.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Substance use disorders; general counseling needs for anxiety/depression management.
— Mary Jane Pizza, MSW, LICSW, LCDP, LCDCS (2017)
I had the pleasure of recommending Adam for his first step in the Licensure process for his LCSW. He is an exceptional clinician. He demonstrates thoughtful and ethical care of clients.

What topic(s) would you refer clients to this therapist for? Substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, adjustment and relational concerns
— Susan Ellingwood, LICSW (2017)